The B4418, often referred to as the Drws-y-coed Pass, is an exquisite road with amazing views. Starting from the village of Talysarn it is an amazing 6 miles through Nantlle Valley, meandering up and down the mountains before you reach the village of Rhyd-Ddu at the foot of Snowdon.
Beautiful to drive, amazing to cycle exhausting to walk.
The road from Talysarn to Nantle village is wide and flat, making it easy going for walkers and cyclists. At Llyn Nantlle take a moment to take in the views. You should be able to see the Snowdon summit weather permitting.
After the village of Nantlle the road narrows and becomes much steeper. You will be greeted with stunning views of the Nantlle Ridge to your right rising above Llyn Nantlle. You will have sharp bends and on-coming vehicles to negotiate. The road can also be wet and slippery so cyclists need to take extra care.
Eventually you will pass the highest point of the road and then mercifully it is all downhill until you reach Rhyd-Ddu. Near the end of the road you will pass 'Llyn Dywarchen', a very popular fishing lake. A bit further along the road and you should be able to see 'Llyn y Gader' and 'Beddgelert Forest' to your right and Rhyd-Ddu path to the summit of Snowdon in front of you.